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Road rally nets Hawks 5-2 win in Vancouver

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks found themselves down a pair of goals in Vancouver Wednesday night minutes into the second period. Chicago responded with five unanswered goals to snap a four-game skid, rallying to defeat the Canucks 5-2.

First Period-The Canucks got on the board 16 seconds into the game. Ryan Kesler put a backhand attempt on the Hawks net. Chris Higgins gathered in the puck and beat Corey Crawford via the five-hole to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead on the game’s first shift.

A minute later, Niklas Hjalmarsson threw a shot toward the net that floated past Roberto Luongo. The puck struck the crossbar and glanced off of Luongo’s leg. However, Luongo was able to keep the puck from sliding into his net. Read more »

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Hawks score 2 goals in 9 seconds, beat Canucks 2-1 in Vancouver

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks visited Vancouver Saturday night and rallied to defeat the Canucks 2-1 at Rogers Arena. Both Blackhawks goals were scored in a nine-second interval in the third period as Chicago picked two key points after trailing through the first 40 minutes.

Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger provided the offense, while Corey Crawford anchored the defense with 36 saves. Chicago won its second game in a row and are now 2-1 on their current road trip.

First Period-Kris Versteeg had the first good look of the contest in the second minute coming up the middle of the ice, though there wasn’t much on the shot and Roberto Luongo handled the attempt. Alexander Edler put a couple of shots on Corey Crawford in the fifth minute. Crawford fought off traffic in front of the net to make the saves. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: “Peaking” too early

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Isaiah 40:31
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will “skate” and not be faint. – RL abridged version

By Rich Lindbloom

There’s a legend that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching. In fact, while all other avian creatures seek the cover of the tempest tossed tree, the eagle will spread its wings and fly directly into the storm, using the updraft to rise above the approaching danger. Soaring heights and dizzying speeds are achieved that are not attainable under normal conditions. It takes great daring to jump into the maelstrom. Perhaps they achieve this feat by looking up instead of down. Keep your heads up Blackhawks, at the altitude you’re at right now, looking down might cause substantial dizziness. The Hawks are definitely breathing rarefied air at the moment. (At least when they’re not in the locker room.) Read more »

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Luongo gets better of Hawks, Canucks win 2-1 in the shootout

By Brad Vandenberk

The road trip continued for the Blackhawks as they headed into Vancouver to play the vengeful Canucks. The goose egg was slightly cracked Wednesday night in Minnesota where the Hawks came up short in a shootout losing 3-2, but still obtained a single point to put them a top the NHL leader board.

Excitement was in the air as the coin turned up heads and the Canucks started Hawks favourite Roberto Luongo.  The Hawks countered with their tales toss and started Cory Crawford.  The home squad made the Hawks well aware that they wanted some revenge on the elbow that Duncan Keith through on Daniel Sedin last season.  Keith said he just wanted to stick to hockey.   Read more »

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Hawks slip by Canucks in OT, Duncan Keith faces possible suspension for elbow on Daniel Sedin

By Brad Vandenberk

On a four game winning streak, the Chicago Blackhawks returned home to face their favourite foe, the Vancouver Canucks.  The Hawks were in Columbus the night before, handing the Jackets a season sweep with a 5-1 victory.  The Canucks had the luxury of spending a record setting hot March day in Chicago awaiting the Hawks return home late morning.   After going on a 9 game losing streak the Hawks have gone 8-1-1.  Most of those games have been played without captain serious, as he remains on the road to recovery.   The Canucks come into this game losers of five in seven.   Corey Crawford regained his crease for the Hawks and Roberto Luongo started for the visiting team.  Luongo hasn’t played in the Canucks last two losses.  Jamal Mayers was a last minute scratch with the flu inserting Brendan Morrison into the 4th line center spot.  Read more »

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Power play enacts measure of revenge on Canucks; Blackhawks conquer Vancouver 5-1

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their 6 game road trip on Wednesday with a visit to Rogers Arena in Vancouver to square off against the Canucks.  This would be the 33rd time these two teams have met since the 2008-2009 season.  The last meeting on Nov 6th ended ugly for the Hawks as the Canucks went 5 for 6 on the power play and beat the Hawks 6-2.  Revenge is always a dish best served cold.

Cory Schneider got the start in net as Roberto Luongo had missed the last 2 days of practice with an upper body injury.  Dave Bolland returned to the line up for the Hawks after missing the last 3 games with a foot injury.  Brent Seabrook did not dress for this game after going hard into the boards during the Edmonton Oilers game on Sunday night.

The first period had a Game One playoff feel to it, as both goalies were tested early and both coaches tried to get there preferred match ups.  Bolland returned starting on the 4th line. It didn’t take long for him to regain his center position on the 3rd line pestering the Sedins.   Read more »

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Lindbloom: It’s just a little rain

Igor Haviland -Could be worse.
Dr. Frederick Quennesteine – How?
Igor Haviland - It could be raining.

By Rich Lindbloom

Need I say anything more?

Certainly, you’d be hard pressed to recall a more dismal game than the one that took place before a blood thirsty United Center crowd last Sunday. Against the hated Canucks no less; do the Hawks realize the shame we fans feel when Vancouver beats us? Do they realize that some of us who blog on the Nucksmisconduct website are treated like boy toys until the next time we play, Nov. 16th.  At one point in the third period I said to my son, “You can actually hear a pin drop in here.” That without the help of my hearing aids, whose batteries went dead shortly after the Canucks third power play goal. (It’s more than apparent that the Hawks power play needs a little Energizer Bunny help at the moment-although I haven’t reached the desperation of one blogger who actually thinks we’d be better off declining the opposition’s time in box.) Read more »

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Canucks Power Play goes 5 for 6 in a 6-2 beating of hapless Hawks

Marcus Kruger – photo credit: Yahoo! Sports

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks returned home on Sunday night to face their Western Conference rivals, the Vancouver Canucks.

Duncan Keith missed his third straight game with a left hand injury.  This game was one circled on the calendar after the Hawks almost eliminated the Canucks from the playoffs last spring coming from behind in a 3-0 series deficit to force Game 7.  This was also the first meeting between these two teams since last year’s playoff opening round.

The Canucks were a dominate force against the Keith-less Hawks.   Their power play went 5 for 6 tying the Hawks 5 power play goals, total, over the month-old season.   On the flip side, the Hawks were a dismal 0 for 5 on the power play.  Vancouver won the game 6-2 with the Sedin’s combining for 7 points.

Vancouver drew first blood with newest Canuck David Booth scoring his goal of the year, at 6:00 of the period, on the first power play of the game.

Michael Frolik tied the score at 12:57 of the first with a simple wrist shot to the net, which fooled Roberto Luongo and sent both teams to the locker room tied at 1-1.

Vancouver outshot the Hawks 17-9 In the opening frame.  The Sedin’s were up to their old tricks as they made a few attempts to give Corey Crawford snow showers.  Patrick Kane was the only one who took exception to this and took Henrik Sedin down.  He was called for the rough with 18 seconds remaining in the period.

Canucks opened the second period on the power play and Aaron Rome, playing his first game of the year, blasted a shot from the point over Crawford putting the Canucks up 2-1 just 1:16 into the middle frame.

The Hawks surrendered another power play a few minutes later when Bryan Bickell, trying to get physical, was called for boarding Daniel Sedin.  Seizing another opportunity with the man advantage, Daniel Sedin found a nearly wide open net, with Crawford having no chance to get over for the save and the Canucks had 3 power play goals and a 3-1 lead with less than five minutes played in the second period.

Dan Carcillo tried to get the United Center crowd back into the game by dropping the gloves against Aaron Volpatti.  Carcillo won the fight and took Volpatti down.  This seemed to wake the Hawks up as Marcus Kruger scored his second goal of the year going hard to the net two minutes later as Jamal Mayers let a shot go from the top of the circle and Kruger put home the rebound cutting the Canucks lead to one.

Just 43 seconds after the Kruger tally, Jannik Hansen silenced the crowd with an easy tap-in from the side of the net, putting the Canucks up by a pair with 4:10 remaining in the period.

Viktor Stalberg was then called for a high stick on Dan Hamhuis, putting out the Canucks hot power play once again.

Hamhuis made the Hawks pay, sending a point shot past Crawford making it 5-2.  As the period came to an end Jamal Mayers dropped the gloves with Kevin Bieksa.  Mayers did get a few shots in, but in the end Bieksa took him down.

The third period began with Kane drawing a holding penalty and sending the Hawks on their 5th power play of the game.  Showing no urgency during the man advantage, they were unable to beat Luongo.  Carcillo took a puck hard to the net trying to complete a wrap around. He wound up being tackled by Rome and received two minutes for a rough, two minutes for unsportsmanlike and a ten minute misconduct.  Then again, the Canucks made the Hawks penalty kill look invisible as Henrik Sedin tucked one past Crawford making the final score 6-2 and helping the Canucks go 5 for 6 for the night on the power play.

Quick Hits:

-Hawks out shot Vancouver 40-38

-The Hawks again were unable to score on the power play going 0 for 5.  Only one team in the NHL has scored fewer power play goals – St. Louis, who have scored 3 times on 40 chances (7.5%).  Blackhawks are 5 for 53 (9.4%).  Percentage wise, Chicago has the third-worst power play in the league, with Columbus slotted between the Hawks and Blues.

-Surrendering the five power play tallies, the Blackhawks penalty kill took a beating in this one.  Chicago PK units had given up just four, total, over the first 13 games of the season.  Their PK unit now ranks 22nd in the league (79.6%), on slot behind the Detroit Red Wings (80.0%)

-Vancouver needed just less than seven and a half minutes (7:25) to post their 5 power play goals on Sunday

-Blackhawks were unable to record a point at home for the first time this season. They are now 5-1-2 at United Center.

-Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up his first point of the year with an assist on Frolik’s goal.

-The Hawks are back on the road Tuesday in St. Louis when they face the Blues for the first time this season. It’s another important divisional battle, and will be the Blues first in front of new head coach Ken Hitchcock.  Hawks will then travel to Columbus for a battle Thursday night before returning home to face Calgary on Friday.  Busy week ahead.

Brad Vandenberk

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Game 7 Highlights: Nucks prevail 2-1, OT

Scroll down the main page to see period by period details of Game 7.

Corey Crawford was phenomenal and the only reason this game was ever close. One incredible, determined individual short-handed effort by Blackhawk captain Jonathan Toews miraculously extended this game to overtime with less than two minutes to play in regulation. Roberto Luongo made a lot of good saves (31 in all), but also gave a bunch of rebounds. This happened to be one his teammates in front of him didn’t get to first, a rarity on Tuesday night.

Game 7 lived up to the hype and then some. Vancouver dominated, then flirted with disaster, the Hawks hung in there but the better team definitely won in the end.

Alex Burrows scored both Vancouver goals. On top of those, he was also awarded a penalty shot 21 seconds into the third period off a Duncan Keith tripping infraction but was stopped by Crawford. A score at that time would have put the Canucks up two goals.

Toews’ short-handed tally was his lone goal of the series (1g, 3a, -4, a team-worst plus/minus). Crawford allowed 16 goals in the series, finishing with a .927 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average.

After losing the first three games of the series, the Blackhawks made a valiant comeback in attempt to pull off the upset. Sure, the pressure was off by Game 4, and Alain Vigneault’s Canucks took their double foot-stomp off the gas mid-series, but the defending champions showed their character and would not go quietly. In the end, this amounted to one great series.

Vancouver now moves on to face Nashville in Round 2. San Jose will matchup with Detroit. The Western Conference obviously will have a new Finals representative this year. Detroit will attempt to make their 3rd Finals appearance in four years. Vancouver has been there twice (’82+’94) before. San Jose and Nashville have never been. For the Predators, this is their first time advancing past the first round.

NHL.com Game 7 highlights after the jump Read more »

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Hawks-Canucks Game 7: Overtime notes: OT all Alex Burrows

Overtime lasted 5 minutes and 22 seconds.  The Canucks persevere and advance past the Blackhawks on an Alexandre Burrows’ bullet after a turnover at the Hawks’ blue line.

Vancouver survived an early scare when Burrows went to the penalty box 24 seconds into overtime for holding Duncan Keith.  The ‘Hawks managed just one shot during those following two minutes up 5-on-4 and then the play belonged to the Canucks for the eventual final three minutes.

The game and the Blackhawks season ended when Chris Campoli failed to clear a puck up the left side wall inside the Hawks’ zone.  Campoli tried to clear a bouncing puck but Jonathan Toews was kneeling on the ice ten feet in front of Campoli near the boards inside the blue line so it appeared Campoli chose to clear the puck up and over Toews instead of along the boards where Toews was prone.  But unfortunately for Campoli and the Hawks, Burrows gloved the puck down and broke clear towards Crawford and Burrows fired a bomb clear by the Hawks’ netminder.

Vancouver wins the game 2-1 and the finishes the Blackhawks season 5:22 in to overtime of Game 7.

The Canucks now move on to meet Nashville in the second round.  Which means San Jose and Detroit will meet once again in the Western Conference Semi-finals.

Burrows had both Vancouver goals.  He also had a goal, his only other of the series, in Chicago in Game 6.  In 40 career playoff games, Burrows now has 10 goals and 17 points.  He finished with 3 goals and 3 assists in the series.  Five of those points came in games six and seven.

Burrows, Luongo and Crawford, in that order (1-3) were named the stars of the game.  Crawford had to be much better than Luongo tonight but its hard to argue those given the outcome.  Just a fabulous performance by Corey Crawford to keep the Hawks in a game they really had no business being in.

Luongo made 31 saves to Crawford’s 36.

Both teams went 0-2 in four minutes of power play time a side.  Although the Hawks did strike with the shorty to tie the game late in regulation with Duncan Keith in the penalty box.

Another terrific game surrounded by high drama that goes beyond your typical Game 7 hype.  Luongo and the Canucks finally solve the Blackhawks.  Given where this series was after Game 3, it is a minor miracle there was even a seventh game, but you Canucks’ fans have Alain Vigneault’s bench management in game 4 for that.

That Blackhawks leading goal scorer in the series was Duncan Keith (4), followed by Sharp (3) and Ben Smith (3).  Toews’ lone tally was the big short-handed one in this one.  Hossa’s two goals in Game 5 were huge in the Hawks’ 5-0 rout to close the series’ gap to 3-2 but he was largely invisible the rest of the series.  Patrick Kane (1g, 5a), Michael Frolik (2g, 3a) and Dave Bolland (2g, 4a) were the other major point scorers.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing about quite a few injuries on the Hawks’ side in the next couple of days.  Sure, they were a factor but its also highly probable that Vancouver is dealing with injuries as well.  Had Dave Bolland been healthy from the start of the series the outcome may have been different, or it may not have.  Vancouver was clearly the better team in five of the seven games and its no injustice that they’re moving on.  The Canucks’ regular season record was no joke.  They were the more consistent and potent team in every aspect during the regular season as they were here in this series.  The Blackhawks could have easily checked out in Games 4 or 5, but they didn’t.  A few players had coming of age type moments in this series; namely Michael Frolik and Ben Smith.  The Hawks pushed back when they could have folded; they responded with character, like champions, albeit wounded, over-matched former champions.

Many decisions lie ahead in the coming months and there should be some different faces on the team next year.  The regular season cannot be ignored, but given this team’s body of work and the challenge it faced in the opening round, and where the team stood in this series nine days ago, no one should say this season ended on a sour note.

The Blackhawks battled hard but they weren’t good enough.  Not this year.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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